Vienna during Christmas time is a true delight. All the streets in the historical city center are decked out with extravagant lights and decorations. People are happily bustling around town. And it won’t take long for the smell of the spices of the Glühwein and Punsch to waft your way from the many Christmas Markets.
When & Where
From November 23rd to December 23rd Christmas Markets are scattered around the town. The most well known market is the Christkindlmarkt Rathausplatz (near the Town Hall). It is a must see while in Vienna, but I was personally smitten with some of the smaller markets.
The ArtAdvent market near Karlskirche topped my expectations. This market is unique because its stands are all made up of artists and artisan, handcrafted products. It’s unique location in front the baroque and dominating St. Charles Church offers a special ambiance. Hundreds of white lights are strung up. And the wooden stands are ornately decorated with pine branches and red berries.
Why you should go
It took me a few moments to notice the truly special aspects of this market. After walking around the market, I noticed that all foods and drinks were organic and local. The famous Glühwein and Punsch (spiced wines and punches similar to vin brule) were ONLY served in ceramic mugs.
In the evening, we decided to return to this market for dinner, for an authentic and economical Christmas market experience. I ordered Kaserspaeztle (a pasta dumpling dish with cheese and crispy onions) and my boyfriend tried the Schickenfleckerl (pasta with ham). Abundant servings and local food for 6 euros a plate. Another plus?… all of the plates and cutlery are made from recycled compostable material. In addition, beer is served in large glass mugs. Plastic was nowhere in sight and it was so refreshing!
Another peculiarity of this market was the entertainment for the kids. The children’s carousel was made of old bicycles and other repurposed objects. It was not electrically powered but rather generated by manpower! In order to go, someone has to pedal! There was also a rather quirky hay pile where kids (and some adults ) rambunctiously rolled around.
It was like taking a step into the past where simplicity and genuine cheer reigned over all. Everything that you could ever want in one Christmas market. Beautiful artwork, a joyful atmosphere, good food and drinks– yet an emphasis on the ideals of recycling and conscious consumerism.
If Vienna is in your travel plans or on your bucket list I would encourage you to take the opportunity to see this wonderful city during the magic and charm of Christmas.. And once you arrive take a stroll to see the Adventmarkt and enjoy some hot organic Glühwein! Cheers!
Author: Ali @ Sustainable Psyche
My name is Ali. I am an American living in Italy. I am passionate about delicious food that is also ethical, healthy and sustainable. I love pasta and pizza, traveling, horseback riding and exploring the vibrant city of Milan that I call home.
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